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Destination of the month: Mokolo Dam

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A scenic wonder where time stands still

The Mokolo Dam Nature Reserve lies in the picturesque heart of the scenic Waterberg and is situated around the Mokolo Dam. It is the largest dam in the Limpopo province and the reserve covers an area of 4600ha, lying between cliffs and beautiful sandstone mountains. The dam is popular for water sports, fishing and the surrounding area is excellent for birding, showcasing a variety of species such as herons, kingfishers, ducks, geese, bitterns and jacana.

An increasingly popular pastime at Mokolo Dam is photographic “hunting”. This photographic hunting benefits and sustains the wildlife yet adds a competitive spirit to these photographic safaris. Bring along all your camera equipment, lenses and tripods as there is an opportunity to “shoot” wildlife, birds, sunsets over the dam and much more in the scenic surrounds of Mokolo. It’s the perfect location for photographic clubs who are in search of a rustic getaway. Those boating, canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts will have their hands full as they traverse calm waters of the dam and take in the breathtaking scenery. If its romance you’re after, take your partner on a sunset cruise and explore the reserve as the sun dips below the horizon.

The Mokolo Dam Nature Reserve has camping facilities but no formal accommodation, perfect for the family who want to get away from the drone of city life. There are fantastic picnic spots for day visitors and the reserve forms part of the African Ivory Route which is a self-drive venture through Limpopo province that retraces the steps of early explorers.

The nature reserve forms part of the Waterberg Biosphere whose aim is to promote sustainable and eco-friendly conservation and development in the region. The biosphere contains many other private parks and reserves, as well as prestine national and provincial nature reserves.

Mokolo Dam offers anyone who dares to visit the opportunity to shrug off the stresses and strains of city life and relax alongside mother nature.

There is a wonderful picnic area for day visitors and a basic, rustic campsite. There are also a variety of other lodges and self-catering chalets that overlook the lake in the area for those who do not want to ‘rough it’ camping.

Take the R510 from Lephalale towards Thabazimbi; turn left after 45 km towards Mokolo Dam then follow this gravel road for approximately 18 km to entrance gate.

For more information contact Limpopo Wildlife Resorts on (015) 293 3611 or via email on

Mokolo Dam sunset


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